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Call on the USDA to properly define an exotic pet and to revise the Animal Welfare Act to ban exotic pet ownership in the USA.

Wild animals like tigers, cheetahs, lions, primates, and even reptiles are being taken from the wild as pets across the world. Not only do these kinds of animals not belong in a domesticated environment, they are actually dangerous, and suffer greatly by being abused as "pets."

Around 5,000 tigers alone are estimated to be held by private individuals (1), but since most states don't keep accurate records on exotic animals that enter their state, it has become almost impossible to know how many animals are being kept in homes.

Exotic animals do not make good pets. They need incredibly specialized care, housing, diets, and freedom that people simply will never be able to provide. Cheetahs for example, have territorial ranges that can exceed 300 square miles (2). Animals that are used to being able to travel across the plains of the Serengeti whenever they please, will only suffer by being kept inside of a house.

The vast majority of people who seek out wild animals to have as "pets" in their home, do so because they think it's "cool" or many times just as a statement to their wealth (3). What they don't think about however, is how it is almost impossible to truly domesticate a wild animal.

Wild animals will always have wild needs. Even animals like parrots have not been domesticated over thousands of years like dogs and cats, making it impossible for them to live under human care (4). Trying to keep an exotic animal just because it looks cool or because you want to show how much money you have is not worth the toll it takes on the animals themselves. It needs to stop.

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To The United States Department of Agriculture,

Exotic animals are being illegally bought, traded, and brought into the United States to be kept by people as “pets.” These animals however are taken from the wild where they have lived for hundreds of generations, making them impossible to domesticate.

Not only are these animals incredibly dangerous to be kept inside of a private home, but they also suffer greatly under human care. They all have extremely delicate needs in regards to their food, their environment, and the care they require. They are wild animals and will always behave as such.

We are asking you to take a strong stance on this serious problem by making very specific guidelines on what is and isn't considered an exotic pet. We also need you to revise the Animal Welfare Act to ban exotic pet ownership across the entire United States so that these animals no longer suffer in the hands of human owners.

Unless these actions are taken, people will continue to buy, sell, and trade animals that are taken from their homes and families in the wild, and abusing them for their own gratification.


Petition Signatures

Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) These animals deserve to live in their domain! People will kill them when they cant be trained! Sad.
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 clarissa Hart
Nov 18, 2017 Brenda Sweitzer Leave them in the wild they need to be free
Nov 18, 2017 Paula Ford
Nov 18, 2017 Michelle Youngken
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Beatrice Lopez
Nov 18, 2017 Kimberly Doviak Please stop this. All animals should be left in their own environment.
Nov 18, 2017 TAMMI Priggins
Nov 18, 2017 Meirimar Snodgrass
Nov 18, 2017 Brooke Miltner
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Becky Henson
Nov 18, 2017 Darci Kugler
Nov 18, 2017 Julie Krause
Nov 18, 2017 Susie Hayhurst They aren't domestic pets.!!!
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Beth Lyons
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Grace Gillespie
Nov 18, 2017 Lori Stockfisch
Nov 18, 2017 Sue Ferguson
Nov 18, 2017 Sandra Olson
Nov 18, 2017 Gladys Longfellow
Nov 18, 2017 Mary ingraham
Nov 18, 2017 Jeanne Bradbury
Nov 18, 2017 Jeanne Cambouris
Nov 18, 2017 hebe martorella
Nov 18, 2017 Naomi Sobo
Nov 18, 2017 Vickie Haggard
Nov 18, 2017 Carol Wellman
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Pam Kebbel
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Kimberly Pemberton
Nov 18, 2017 Anne Hooks People must have more respect for our beloved wild animals and make it a world so they may thrive and live on just like us!
Nov 18, 2017 Debbie Davis CMKBD CAPS
Nov 18, 2017 Beveryn Swaim
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Marla Williams
Nov 18, 2017 Tracy Burke NO ONE needs wildlife as pets.. stop this craziness!
Nov 18, 2017 Franziska Eber
Nov 17, 2017 Rena Zaman-Zade
Nov 17, 2017 Judy Hart
Nov 17, 2017 Susie Adams
Nov 17, 2017 Christine Niemann
Nov 17, 2017 Angela Ortiz
Nov 17, 2017 Jill Warren

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